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Living in the Frame
: Meaning on Loan from Nihilism

Alan Malachowski

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.7, No.1 (July 2017):98-119




This article suggests that James Tartaglia’s otherwise interesting and insightful handling of the relationship between nihilism and philosophical questions concerning the meaning of life may have underestimated the former. Invoking a mini-tradition based on a Heideggarian reading of Nietzsche’s ‘European Nihilism’ as mainly expressed in The Will to Power, it outlines four possible perspectives from which Tartaglia’s conception of nihilism is liable to seem too complacent regarding its power to undermine the meaning we are inclined to attach to social life.

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